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Art deco is a highly geometric style which was influenced in part by the resurgence of interest in Egyptian forms after the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun. A capital is the decorative top of a column or pillar (originally having a load-bearing function but sometimes merely there for show). Here they are arranged to interlock as shell-shaped scales (on the regular hexagon / triangle lattice) with the arch lines almost connecting and giving the impression of an ornamented headdress.
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